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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day

2nd April 1915

On this day:

  • 3rd Monmouths relieved by 5th Staffords   Enemy action became much more intense over the last weeks of March and the number of heavy German guns increased and by the end of March the village and the church of Wulverghem was completely destroyed. The conditions of the line were extremely miserable, the least rainfall flooded the shelters in the trenches, and the close proximity of the enemy severely restricted movement. Fires could only be lit and tended with great care, as any sign of smoke would soon receive some enemy attention. After nearly a month of continuous fighting in the trenches the 3rd Mons Battalion's tour of duty was over in this area and on 2nd April, Good Friday, tired and weary Welshmen were relieved by the 5th South Staffords. Later that night they were withdrawn from the Wulvergham sector and moved out to Bailleul. The soldiers now had considerable knowledge of the conditions of war but they left behind many of their buddies, in the little Wulvergham cemeteries. A lot of credit had been gained for the manner in which they had conducted themselves in the trenches and with spirits still undaunted they were ready for rest in new billets.

  • Changes in command   Orders having been received, Major D Ahern left today for duty. Lt. Hampton posted to command of 'B' Section and Lt. Gurney-Dixon placed in charge of Divisional Bath House.

    War diary RAMC 19th Field Ambulance, Erquinghem-Lys

  • 1st Bn Herts relieved by Post Office Rifles   H.Q., Nos. 3 & 4 Coys, 2 machine guns marched into Bethune on being relieved by 2 Companies of the Post Office Rifles.

    2 to 6-4-1915 Resting in Bethune

    War Diary of the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment

  • 2nd Apr 1915 At Rest

  • 2nd Apr 1915 Instruction for 5th Lincs

  • 2nd Apr 1915 Under Instruction

  • 2nd Apr 1915 Orders Issued

  • 2nd Apr 1915 Easter Holiday

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • L/Cpl. P. Almond. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2Lt. John Cockburn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Thomas Crossland. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. John Henry Poke. 2nd Battlion East Surrey Regiment
  • L/Cpl. John Henry Poke. East Surrey Regiment 2nd Btn.
  • Pte. L. Roy. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. P. Shipwright. Loyal North Lancastershire Regt 1st Btn. Read their Story.

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